Prince Ali re-opens recruitment

Prince Ali, a 6-foot-4 guard who just finished his junior year at The Sagemont School in Weston, Fla., announced Thursday that he was de-committing from the UConn men’s basketball team.

Ali, who is originally from New York, had given coach Kevin Ollie a verbal commitment Nov. 25, 2013. He still might end up at UConn after all, Ali said.

Ali made the announcement of his decision on his Twitter account.

“After talking it over with my family I have decided to reopen my recruitment! I still love the Uconn (sic) and I am still considering Uconn!”

Ali is ranked as the 82nd-best player in the nation by ESPN, while he’s No. 68 and No. 73 according Rivals and 247 Sports.
Before choosing the Huskies Ali was also considering Miami, LSU, Nebraska and Georgia.

It’s not clear why Ali chose to back out of his commitment to UConn but it may be because the Huskies are recruiting other players with more acclaim at his position.

UConn is recruiting Malik Newman of Jackson, Miss., a 6-foot-3 guard who is the top-ranked player in the Class of 2015. The Huskies have also shown interest in the likes of Isaiah Briscoe of Roselle, N.J.

Newman told SNY recently that he and Diamond Stone, a highly regarded 6-foot-10 center from Milwaukee, will be a “package deal” for one college. UConn is recruiting both players and would obviously like to add a big man to its group of incoming players for 2015.

Ali was one of two guards who had pledged to join the Huskies in 2015, along with 6-foot-3 Athens, Ga., standout Willie Jackson.



About Neill

Neill Ostrout covers the UConn men's basketball team for the Journal Inquirer in Manchester. He has been a member of the "Horde" for more than 16 years.
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